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Bonds and Rates

Bonds and Rates

  • Annual Interest and Debt Maturity: CNBC Explains Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 12:42 PM ET

    A good way to conceptualize the cost of borrowing money is to annualize interest rates, which offers an easy way to compare loans of varying maturities.

  • Bank leverage rules: CNBC Explains Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 12:59 PM ET

    New bank leverage rules will try to make the world a safe place by requiring banks to hold more capital. But will they destroy economic growth in the process?

  • Interest Rate Swaps: CNBC Explains Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 11:11 AM ET

    Interest rate swaps are derivative instruments commonly used by sophisticated investors to allow cash flows on interest-earning securities or loans to be exchanged. CNBC explains.

  • Libor: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:33 AM ET

    For those who are fuzzy on the topic, Khan of the Khan Academy explains what Libor is and how it is used.

  • Treasury Bond Prices and Yields: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:57 AM ET

    When you buy a U.S. Treasury Security, you’re essentially giving a loan to the government. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy demonstrates how price and yield of treasury securities works.

  • The Yield Curve: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:43 AM ET

    Yield curves help investors understand the relationship between bonds of differing time horizons to maturity. CNBC explains.

Central Banking Explained

  • People gather near a currency exchange office in Moscow, December 17, 2014.

    The Russia crisis this week has thrust the talk of "capital controls" back into the global financial conversation.

  • United States Federal Reserve

    The beige book is an important indicator on the state of the U.S. economy and a critical tool for the Federal Reserve. CNBC explains.

  • The debt ceiling is a cap set by Congress on how much the federal government can borrow to pay its debts.

Corporate Accounting Explained

Crime and Law Explained

Global Economy Explained

  • People walk past a poster that reads "Yesterday, Braden or Peron - Today: Griesa or Cristina," in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 29, 2014.

    Argentina is almost certainly headed for a technical default of its bond-payment obligations at 12:01 Thursday morning.

  • As Pope Francis assumes leadership of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, he's got his work cut out for him on many fronts.

  • There are all kinds of debt—as small as personal debt or as large as national debt. There's another type of debt as important as the rest—called Sovereign Debt. CNBC Explains.

CNBC Explains

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